Dilapitated Oshigambo High School hostels a safety concern: Ekongo

15 Mar 2019 13:20pm
OSHIGAMBO, 15 MAR (NAMPA) – Despite being ranked among the best performing schools in the country, the Oshigambo High School is home to dilapidated hostels that raise concerns about the safety of the learners, it’s Principal, Pinehas Ekongo has said.
Speaking during a donation ceremony by a school’s alumnus and Vice President of the Republic of Namibia, Nangolo Mbumba here on Thursday, Ekongo said the current state of the hostel, which was established in 1960 and was built with mudbricks and a layer of cement on top, is on the verge of falling apart.
“The school was founded by missionaries and the buildings are completely old. We need a whole new hostel because one cannot do much of renovation to the current structure,” he noted.
Ekongo said according to the architecture’s estimations, about N.dollars 4 million is needed to build a new hostel, however currently the school only managed to collect N.dollars 300 000 through annual learner contributions of N.dollars 360 as well as donations.
He further explained that the school was forced to use money from the account to buy a bus that transport learners to the hospital as they are falling sick due to the condition of the buildings by means of insects entering the building and exposure to harsh weather conditions at times.
“We need a better hostel that is corresponding to the school’s name. The school has produced the best learners in Namibia, these [current] learners deserve a better sleeping place,” said Ekongo.
On his part, Mbumba donated N.dollars 20 000, in addition to another N.dollars 20 000 donated by the Chinese company Classic Star, while the Oshigambo Class of 2001 alumni donated N.dollars 40 000, towards ICT equipment.
“My donation is a token of appreciation and to plough back to the school that enabled me to do so many things and hold multiple portfolios,” said the Vice President.
Oshigambo is a missionary and church school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia with a learner population of 342.